2012, Aliran, Arkib Berita, Biasiswa/Pinjaman/Bantuan/Insentif, Pembangunan Sekolah

Lau: Chinese independent schools need govt aid

Posted on July 6, 2012, Friday

by Peter Boon, reporters@theborneopost.com.

SIBU: Chinese independent schools are looking forward to the day when the government adopts a more compromising approach towards them despite not being a part of the mainstream education system.

Sarawak United Association of Private Chinese Schools Management Board president Temenggong Vincent Lau Lee Ming said it was their fervent hope that the government would understand their aspirations one day as they too contributed to the development of the nation’s human capital.

He reiterated that they needed government assistance to reduce their financial burden for running and maintaining the 14 Chinese independent schools in Sarawak.

“We hope the government can understand that even though Chinese independent schools are not a part of the mainstream education system, we have continuously educated the younger generation to help meet the country’s human capital needs.

“Those having completed their education in these schools also contributed towards nation building. And because of this, we hope the government can give us assistance, including grants, to a certain extent,” Lau told The Borneo Post.

Met after the ‘Program Wanita Bestari’ at UCA here on Wednesday, he was asked on the RM10 million allocated to Chinese schools in Sarawak from the RM125.8 million recently announced for the state by Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi for school repair and upgrading.

The function was jointly organised by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) and UCA Sibu Women’s section.

More than 200 participants turned up at the function and were introduced to the Consumer Tribunal Claims, including the Consumer Protection Act 1999.

Lau, who is also UCA Sibu honorary president, said based on his understanding the allocation (RM10 million) was meant for Chinese primary schools and not for Chinese independent schools.

He said this might be because with over 200 Chinese primary schools in the state, the Chinese community might not be able to come up with sufficient fund for their maintenance.

On the other hand, he said, the board of management was still able to source enough fund to maintain the Chinese independent schools in reasonable condition.

“We can’t afford luxury but strive to keep the school buildings and facilities in reasonable conditions,” he said.

Asked on plans to roll out consumerism seminars in Chinese independent schools, he said they did not have such plan for now but would leave the options open for UCA, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and others to explore.

“Of course, if there is any topic or issue that we think is very relevant to the students, we will definitely look into organising seminars together with government agencies.”

Earlier, Lau said such programme would enable people to be more familiar with the functions of respective government agencies.

Both MDTCC state director Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman and organising chairperson Lau Ek Hwang also spoke at the function.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/07/06/lau-chinese-independent-schools-need-govt-aid/#ixzz1znvnVDQf

2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Kurikulum, Pembangunan Sekolah, Rencana, Sistem, Surat

EDUCATION: Delivery system can be better

Friday, July 06, 2012

THE Education Revamp Committee is reviewing and deliberating on nine areas of our education system.

The delivery and administrative system of the Education Ministry is one area being discussed.

If “delivery” is taken to mean the Education Ministry’s successes in delivering its promises and achieving its targets, then the ministry must be congratulated and lauded for having “delivered” in most counts, within the confines of its limitations.

Nevertheless, there is room for improvement.

FIRSTLY, the ministry should refrain from indiscriminately quoting “statistics” to justify, rationalise or neutralise some poor and less-than-desired happenings in its system. Improperly used, statistics may actually misinform.

Our student population is more than 5.1 million and the number of schools equals 10,019, as quoted in the ministry’s website.

So, to hear officials saying that disciplinary problems involving only an infinitesimal percentage (less than 0.1 per cent) of the overall student populace is truly stretching and challenging one’s innate intelligence and comprehension.

Not that our students’ disciplinary problems are unmanageable, but to quote “statistics” in this instance is to not “deliver” and address the problem in its correct perspective;

SECONDLY, when a problem crops up in school and needs to be investigated, very often, a committee is set up with the task of composing a report and forwarding it to the ministry for further action.

The composition of some of these committees can at times call into question their impartiality.

Take for example, the occasional fighting and bullying reported in a school dormitory. Normally, the school principal heads the investigating committee. Now, how impartial can a principal be in reporting the “dirt” found in his own backyard?

Would his report implicate his own inefficiency in administering the dormitory?

Even if the ministry officials come for an inspection (turun padang), they are given “guided” tours. Chances are, all blame will fall on the students. So, does the report honestly “deliver” the truth to the authorities?; and,

THIRDLY, some “little Napoleons” in schools are not following strictly the directives from above.

They implement ministry policies by their own myopic interpretation at best, and their own “whims and fancies” at worst. This has detracted the noble intentions of the ministry at times.

A problem bothering some parents even now is the implementation of the “soft-landing” approach in the aftermath of the PPSMI (the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English) policy. What is happening in some school classrooms and laboratories is certainly a “non-delivery” of the ministry’s soft-landing directives.

And, there can be other examples where schools do not “deliver” according to the ministry directives and objectives.

Granted that schools do need some leeway or even liberty to run in accordance to local specificity and conditions, a better check-and-balance mechanism should be put in place to enhance the ministry’s “delivery system”.

Read more: EDUCATION: Delivery system can be better – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/education-delivery-system-can-be-better-1.103578#ixzz1znuVCSBF

2012, Arkib Berita, Bahasa, Masalah Guru, Pembangunan Sekolah

‘English test not meant to belittle them’

Friday, July 06, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The online proficiency test for English teachers recently is not intended to question their ability or experience, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

He said it was just a professional assessment that allowed the ministry to gauge the competency levels of each and every English teacher.

“People are saying that the standard of English in Malaysia is deteriorating, therefore, we came up with the assessment to provide us with baseline data to work on.

“It is not something to embarrass the teachers,” said Wee here.

He said that no penalty would be imposed on teachers who failed the assessment.

“They (teachers) will not be punished if they don’t pass the test.

” We do not expect them to go back to school and learn.”

Wee said in order to have more competent teachers in the country, significant attention had to be given to the mastery of English.

Read more: ‘English test not meant to belittle them’ – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/english-test-not-meant-to-belittle-them-1.103419#ixzz1zntd7smZ

2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Pelajar

Dead baby in a knapsack

Friday July 6, 2012



KUALA TERENGGANU: A 16-year-old schoolgirl kept a classmate’s schoolbag for 17 hours not realising that there was a dead newborn baby inside.

The classmate had handed her the bag shortly after giving birth to the baby girl in the school’s hostel at about 1am on Tuesday.

Doctors found out about the birth when she sought medical treatment at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital here, complaining of abdominal pains.

“An examination confirmed that she had just given birth,” Terengganu CID chief Asst Comm K. Manoharan said yesterday.

“She confessed that she had kept the baby in her schoolbag.”

The doctors asked the girl to call her friend and bring the bag to the hospital.

“They found the dead baby girl in the bag. The friend was traumatised when she learned that she had been carrying around a bag containing a dead baby,” ACP Manoharan told reporters.

Police have seized the scissors used to cut the baby’s umbilical cord.

ACP Manoharan said a post-mortem showed that the baby was successfully delivered, but suffered bruises on the head and had water in the lungs.

“We are still investigating the cause of death. The case is being investigated as voluntarily causing the death of an infant,” he said, adding that police were looking for the baby’s father with a view to charging him with having sex with a minor.


2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Pelajar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Pendidikan Reproduktif

Subjek PKRS di sekolah mampu bendung kepincangan sosial remaja

06 Julai 2012, Jumaat


SUNGAI PETANI 5 Julai – Kementerian Pelajaran berharap mata pelajaran Pendidikan Kesihatan Reproduktif dan Sosial (PKRS) yang bakal diperkenalkan kepada murid sekolah tidak lama lagi berupaya mengurangkan masalah kepincangan sosial di kalangan anak muda sekarang.

Timbalan Menterinya, Dr. Mohd Puad Zarkashi berkata, selain itu, silibus yang sesuai dimasukkan dalam mata pelajaran berkenaan juga dikatakan boleh menyedarkan anak muda mengenai bahaya ancaman kegiatan lesbian, gay, biseksual dan transgender (LBGT) di negara ini.

“Dahulu pengajaran mengenai unsur-unsur pendidikan seks dibuat secara tidak langsung iaitu dengan menumpang subjek lain. Namun sekarang kerajaan berpendapat PKRS perlu menjadi satu subjek khusus dan perlu dilaksanakan secepat mungkin bagi mengelakkan peningkatan masalah sosial dalam kalangan remaja.

“Kita tidak boleh lagi menunggu lebih lama kerana menurut kajian yang telah kita lakukan, ramai remaja di negara ini masih tidak mengetahui fungsi dan kepentingan pergaulan secara sihat antara lelaki dan wanita,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Hari Anugerah Cemerlang Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru (PIBG) peringkat Kedah di sini hari ini.

Puad berkata, pengajaran subjek tersebut yang dicadangkan bermula pada peringkat sekolah rendah atau menengah rendah juga membolehkan remaja memperoleh maklumat berhubung kesihatan reproduktif mereka dengan lebih tepat.

“Sekarang, kebanyakan maklumat yang diperoleh remaja berbentuk bahan lucah kerana mereka mendapatkan menerusi sumber yang salah. Lebih membimbangkan, ada usaha pihak tidak bertanggungjawab termasuk pemimpin menyebarkan fahaman LBGT.

“Oleh itu melalui pendidikan kesihatan ini mereka akan memperoleh maklumat yang tepat daripada guru yang telah dilatih dan mempunyai kemahiran dan kepakaran tentang pendidikan kesihatan,” katanya.

Tambah beliau, guru PKRS juga diharap menjadi sumber rujukan baik bagi membimbing pelajar ke arah membina sahsiah yang cemerlang.

“Ramai ibu bapa masih segan atau malu untuk membincangkan soal pendidikan seks dengan anak. Oleh itu, peranan ini diambil alih oleh guru melalui mata pelajaran PKRS di sekolah,” jelasnya.

2012, Arkib Berita, Pembangunan Sekolah

Tingkatan 6 distruktur semula

MUHYIDDIN bertemu Menteri Pendidikan Tertiari Australia, Christopher Evans sebelum menghadiri Mesyuarat Menteri-Menteri Pelajaran Asia Timur dan Sidang Kemuncak Menteri Pelajaran Asia Timur Pertama, di Yogyakarta, Indonesia, semalam.MUHYIDDIN bertemu Menteri Pendidikan Tertiari Australia, Christopher Evans sebelum menghadiri Mesyuarat Menteri-Menteri Pelajaran Asia Timur dan Sidang Kemuncak Menteri Pelajaran Asia Timur Pertama, di Yogyakarta, Indonesia, semalam.

Pelajar dipisah dari sekolah, ditempat di pusat pengajian khas

SISTEM pendidikan tingkatan enam dicadang distruktur semula bagi meningkatkan imejnya sejajar dengan pendidikan pra-universiti seperti kolej matrikulasi dan pusat asasi sains. Antara langkah yang akan diambil ialah memisahkan pelajar tingkatan enam daripada sekolah biasa dan menempatkan mereka di pusat pengajian khas.
Mereka juga akan menggunakan pakaian berbeza, jadual waktu yang tidak sama dan guru berlainan berbanding sekolah sekolah biasa.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, berkata pemisahan pelajar tingkatan enam dengan sekolah biasa ialah untuk meningkatkan imej sistem dan kualiti pendidikan tingkatan enam.

Faktor lain ialah jumlahnya yang ketika ini bertaburan di seluruh negara, selain ada sekolah tertentu hanya mempunyai satu atau dua kelas.

Bagaimanapun, beliau yang juga Menteri Pelajaran berkata ia masih di peringkat kajian dan perbincangan sebelum dilaksanakan.
“Kerajaan juga bersedia mengkaji kemungkinan tempoh pembelajaran dipendekkan enam bulan lebih awal seperti Kolej Matrikulasi Kementerian Pelajaran,” katanya di sini semalam.

Terdahulu, beliau menghadiri Mesyuarat Menteri-Menteri Pelajaran Asia Timur dan Sidang Kemuncak Menteri Pelajaran Asia Timur Pertama.

Muhyiddin berkata, untuk menjayakan penstrukturan tingkatan enam, sistem sokongan yang lebih kukuh diperlukan, termasuk faktor logistik yang diperluaskan.

“Ketika ini tingkatan enam dilihat kesinambungan daripada tingkatan lima, sedangkan sebenarnya mereka sudah dewasa dan matang. Walaupun pelajar tingkatan enam bersekolah di premis sama dengan pelajar sekolah menengah, namun Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) setaraf kolej matrikulasi,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, persepsi masyarakat sekarang ialah pendidikan di kolej matrikulasi lebih baik berbanding tingkatan enam, sedangkan kelulusan dan kelayakan mereka untuk bersaing ke universiti awam adalah sama.

Justeru, masyarakat tidak harus melihat pendidikan matrikulasi mempunyai kelebihan kerana ada masanya pencapaian pelajar tingkatan enam lebih cemerlang daripada pelajar matrikulasi.

“Jadi, pelajar lepasan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) harus melihat bahawa pendidikan tingkatan enam juga antara pilihan terbaik untuk pendidikan pra-universiti,” katanya.

2012, Arkib Berita, Masalah Guru, Pembangunan Sekolah

35 tahun masih DG41

Jumaat , 06 Julai 2012


15,000 guru ada sijil, diploma patut naik gred: NUTP

Kuala Lumpur: Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan (NUTP) mencadangkan kira-kira 15,000 guru lepasan sijil dan diploma perguruan yang berkhidmat lebih 35 tahun dipertimbangkan untuk kenaikan ke gred DG41. Ia dianggap wajar berdasarkan pengalaman dan jumlah tahun mereka berkhidmat sebagai menghargai jasa guru berkenaan.
Presiden NUTP, Hashim Adnan, berpendapat adalah wajar pengalaman perkhidmatan guru terbabit dijadikan sebagai asas untuk kenaikan gred dan bukannya mengutamakan kelayakan akademik.

“Walaupun sudah berkhidmat lebih 35 tahun, NUTP mendapati ada sebilangan guru yang masih kekal di gred DG34 dan DG38 kerana kenaikan (gred) adalah berdasarkan kelayakan akademik.

“Jika mahu dilihat dari segi kelayakan akademik, kita berasakan tidak wajar kerana segelintir mereka sudah berusia lebih 50 tahun dan ada juga yang hampir bersara,” katanya kepada BH, semalam.

Mac tahun lalu, Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) meluluskan permohonan Kementerian Pelajaran meningkatkan had usia pemohon Program Pensiswazahan Guru (PPG) daripada 45 tahun kepada 47 tahun untuk mencapai sasaran 60,000 guru sekolah rendah dan menengah memiliki ijazah menjelang 2015.
Syarat mohon ke PPG

Sebelum itu, syarat bagi permohonan ke PPG tidak melebihi 45 tahun, selain memiliki Diploma Pendidikan/Perguruan atau Sijil Perguruan dan tidak berdaftar dengan mana-mana universiti sebagai pelajar sepenuh masa atau sambilan tajaan kementerian.

Hashim berharap Kementerian Pelajaran akan mempertimbangkan cadangan itu yang sudah dipanjangkan kepada JPA, baru-baru ini.

“Tempoh perkhidmatan lebih 35 tahun adalah satu pengalaman cukup luas selain warga pendidik itu juga sudah menghadiri pelbagai kursus berkaitan perguruan. Kita melihat pengalaman itu cukup wajar untuk mereka menikmati kenaikan gred,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, NUTP juga akan mengemukakan syor itu kepada Suruhanjaya Khas Mengkaji Transformasi Perkhidmatan Awam yang ditubuhkan kerajaan bagi mengkaji secara komprehensif perkhidmatan awam negara.